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  • Summer Art Project auction features bags game sets

    Bidding has begun for Marengo’s Summer Art Project.Original artwork has been featured on 20 bags gam ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 4:46 pm
  • Begalka: Natural areas have history to preserve

    By now, many of us have read stories about the threatened Monarch butterfly. Woodstock naturalist Greg Rajsky has seen the evidence firsthand this sum ...
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 4:40 pm
  • 'Incubator twins': Once on display as 'living babies,' sisters celebrate 80th birthdays

    Twin sisters Jane Umbarger and Jean Harrison just turned 80 years old, but to many, they’ll always be known as incubator babies.
    Aug. 22, 2014 - 4:37 pm
  • Moretz rescues ‘If I Stay’

    ‘Tis clearly the season for exceedingly attractive young adults in mortal peril.Just two months ago, ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 4:11 pm
  • Band spotlight: The Vaguely Familiar Acoustic Guitar Duo

    What is the band’s name and how did it get that name?The band’s name, The Vaguely Familiar Acoustic ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 3:24 pm
  • ‘Sin City’: Frank Miller’s vicious world

    Last month, director James Gunn turned a comic book story into the movie hit of the summer. “Guardians of the Galaxy” has raked in hundreds of million ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 3:25 pm
  • Australian blues artist celebrates 30 years of music, performs in Woodstock Square

    When Michael Charles takes the stage, he brings three decades worth of blues music.A native of Melbo ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 3:24 pm
  • Woodstock festival jazzes up the Square

    Take some jazz, a bit of pop and funk and gypsify it.That’s about the best way to describe le Percol ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 11:38 pm
  • Fresh ways to dress corn on the cob

    It’s hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt. But we figured we’d ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 12:18 am
  • We’re all ears as sweet corn fills farm stands

    For most of us, piping hot, slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt really is the best way to enjoy corn on the cob.
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 5:43 pm
  • Raue Center to Bring Arts into the Community “One-Person” at a Time

    Raue Center’s own in-house theatre troupe, Williams Street Repertory, is currently preparing to put on two one-person shows, The Search for Signs of I ...
    Aug. 20, 2014 - 1:34 pm
  • 'Step Up All In': To dance is to love, if not to act

    Every dance number in "Step Up All In," whether it takes place in a bar, a boxing ring or a Las Vegas gladiatorial arena, is a battle sequence. The mo ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:40 am
  • That look, and that voice: Bacall's best roles

    Lauren Bacall had the look – cool and mysterious – and she had the sound, courtesy of that irresistibly low and throaty voice.
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:35 am
  • Robin Williams’ most distinctive roles

    The kinetic bundle of energy that was Robin Williams took on many forms during a long and versatile career. He may have been best known for his fast-t ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:31 am
  • ‘Expendables 3’ is action-packed fun

    The nail-biting opening sequence in “The Expendables 3” is right up there with the best of the Bondian prologues. A train covered with armed guards, h ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:09 am
  • ‘The Giver’: FAMED novel comes to life

    “The Giver,” an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal-winning young adult novel, may seem like it’s riding on the coattails of such dystopian actio ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 9:08 am
  • Lake in the Hills' Joe Farina follows in late father's acting footsteps

    As much as he's working to strike out on his own as an actor, Joe Farina will always want to be associated with his father.
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 5:14 pm
  • Arts festival helps reboot area theater

    Discover area theater and help it thrive during a day’s worth of entertainment Sunday on the Woodstock Square.
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • Following the smoke

    Follow your nose. It always knows. Where there’s smoke, there’s goodness. And where there’s smoke, that usually means barbecue.
    Aug. 13, 2014 - 11:47 pm
  • Celebrate the season with a triple-tomato salad

    At the peak of ripeness, an in-season tomato is one of the things that makes life worth living. Happily, that season is upon us. And this recipe is my ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 11:52 pm
  • Tomatoes make a meal when stuffed or as jam on grilled cheese

    Slice 'em and salt 'em.That's really all a seasonally delicious tomato needs. Though if you really w ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 4:32 pm
  • Grill on-the-vine tomatoes for stunning starter

    Often, the best dishes are the simplest. A common feeling among chefs is that if you use the best-quality ingredients and treat them lightly, you will ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 4:24 pm
  • Williams Street Repertory’s Get Lit(erary) a Treat for the Community

    Get Lit(erary), or “Get Lit” as it is often referred, is a reading series that takes place across from Raue Center at a small wine shop and café calle ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 1:37 pm
  • Robin Williams, boisterous comedy star, dead at 63

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – He was the funniest guy in the room, something that made it all the harder for friends and fans to accept that beneath that reser ...
    Aug. 12, 2014 - 9:59 am
  • Couple finishes 1,200-mile hike of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail

    Sean Quinn and Kassie Kolden aren't quite sure what to do with their weekends these days.Because for ...
    Aug. 9, 2014 - 11:43 pm
  • Soaked for charity

    BOSTON (AP) — The idea is simple: Take a bucket of ice water, dump it over your head, record it and post the video on social media.
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 5:33 pm
  • Crystal Lake teen to compete for title of Miss Teen Illinois USA

    Kaitlyn Fronczak, 17, of Crystal Lake, will compete for the title of Miss Teen Illinois USA from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 at North Shore Center for the Perf ...
    Aug. 9, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Cowabunga, dude! Dress like a ninja, visit Volo free

    VOLO – It’s been 14 years since the heroes in a half shell hit the big screen in a live-action feature, and excitement for the Aug. 8 release continue ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 4:55 pm
  • 'Journey': nice ingredients, bland result

    Take one Oscar-winning British actress. Add an appealing supporting cast. Lather on the picturesque French countryside. Sprinkle liberally with gorgeo ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 4:54 pm
  • Made-over ‘Turtles’ return in a reboot

    Rebooting the popular franchise after Paramount acquired the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle” rights, producer Michael Bay and director Jonathan Liebesma ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 4:53 pm
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